Fourth of July is a fun-filled day for my family. I have three small children under the age of 6, and they all love berries. Summer is the peak season for blueberries and strawberries, which means it is the perfect time to find them at seasonal low prices. So, we start our Fourth of July celebration with Eggo Waffles topped with flag colors: white whipped cream, fresh blueberries and ripe strawberries.
We live in the northeast and the summer is so short that I try to make the most of it by hosting cookouts. It's easy to save money feeding a crowd on a budget if you take advantage of seasonal sales. Hot dogs, buns and condiments are very cheap this time of the year. I usually buy more expensive items like meat in bulk to save money. Friends and family are almost always willing to chip in with a dish, which helps the budget greatly. Then we spend the rest of the morning completing some holiday crafts. We usually have a simple lunch because we are generally getting ready for hosting a Fourth of July cookout. An easy recipe like Mac and Cheese usually fits the bill.
Recipes for Your 4th of July Parties
Preparing as much as you can, ahead of time, is a great way to save money and time as well. Dishes like this Cracker and Veggie Dip, Roasted Sweet Pepper Spread, or Chef John's New York Cheesecake with Chips Deluxe™ Crust can be prepared in advance. Keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. I also like making these star shaped Rice Krispies lollipops with the kids. Rice Krispies Treats are a big hit every time! Great Fourth of July desserts for the adults, is this Berry Berry Cool Pie and this Red, White & Blueberry Cream Pie.
Having little children usually means we have to miss the fireworks, because of their early bedtimes. But after a full day of running around and playing, everyone is tired and ready to call it day. If we are lucky, my husband and I, along with friends get a chance to watch the fireworks from our backyard while enjoying a late night snack.
Have a Fun, Safe, & Frugal Fourth of July!